The young girl, Jasmina, has leukemia.
“She needs a bone marrow transplant to live,” Rihanna told Access. “When I saw [a] video of Jasmina, it broke my heart. It is so unfair that for a black patient it ‘s so much harder to find a bone marrow match.”
According to her mom, Thea Amena, Jasmina is a “huge, huge Rihanna fan.”
“Last year when I was in Best Buy, Jasmina was in the store singing and dancing in front of a huge screen with Rihanna on it,” she said. “The only way I could pull her away was to buy one of Rihanna’s CDs. She’s been listening to it ever since.”
While Jasmina has undergone chemotherapy, she needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.
“Leukemia is the most common disease children in the U.S. die of and we need to change that,” Rihanna said, urging people to sign up as a bone marrow donor with nonprofit marrow donor center DKMS.
It’s not the star’s first time reaching out — a year ago, Rihanna helped a New York woman find a match, as well.
“More than 5,000 donors came forward,” Katharina Harf of DKMS said. “Rihanna has already helped DKMS save many lives. Now we can count on her again.”
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